Throngs of Chicago Cubs fans expected for parade

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CHICAGO (AP) It’s a safe bet throngs of Chicago Cubs fans will turn out for a parade honoring the World Series champions.

Watch the parade at CSNChicago.com

Friday’s celebration starts about 10 a.m. when the team leaves Wrigley Field. The parade is scheduled to start at 11 a.m., traveling along Michigan Avenue and then along Columbus Drive.

Officials expect the Cubs motorcade to arrive in Grant Park around noon for a rally.

In 2015, the city estimated 2 million people attended a parade and rally after the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup. It was the third time the Blackhawks won the Cup in six years.

The Cubs’ Game 7 victory in Cleveland breaks a 108-year drought. Fans have a lot of pent-up celebrating to do.

Blue Jays clinch playoff berth with Orioles’ loss to Red Sox

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TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.

Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.

“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”

Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.

The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.

Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.